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Palliative Care

The medical specialty of palliative (pal-lee-uh-iv) care focuses on improving the quality of life for patients and their families facing a serious or chronic illness—through communication, pain and symptom management and coordination of care.

Compassionate Care for Quality of Life

At North Kansas City Hospital, our compassionate palliative care team, working together with your primary doctor, provides intensely personal care when you need it most. Palliative care is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Patients have a range of diseases and respond differently to treatment options. A key benefit of palliative care is that it looks at the patient as a whole to meet the individual needs of each person and family.

Learn more about our palliative care services and get answers to frequently asked questions about palliative care.

How Palliative Care Can Help

Working with your primary care physician, your palliative care team can provide:

  • Customized treatment to meet your individual needs, goals and values
  • Expert management of pain and other symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping
  • Guidance with difficult and complex treatment choices
  • Emotional and spiritual support for you and your family

Who Benefits from Palliative Care

Palliative care relieves the discomfort, symptoms and stress of serious illness and improves quality of life for patients, their family members and caregivers. Palliative care can be provided for any illness starting from the time of diagnosis. It often accompanies active treatment for illnesses such as cancer, heart and lung diseases, kidney failure, Alzheimer's disease and others.

Our Palliative Care Team

At North Kansas City Hospital, our palliative care team is dedicated to improving the quality of life of our patients. Our physicians are board certified or board eligible in hospice and palliative medicine. When you or a loved one needs palliative care, your expert team may include palliative care doctors, nurses, social workers and chaplains, working in partnership with your primary doctor.

Learn more about palliative care at our online Health Encyclopedia.

Contact Us

For more information about palliative care at North Kansas City Hospital, call 816-691-1555.

Palliative Care Extensions

Palliative Care Department - 816-691-1555
Dr. Jim Stoddard, Physician –  816-421-4240
Dr. Clay Anderson, Physician –  816-691-5119
Dr. Beth Thomas, Physician – 816-691-1592
James Powell, Nurse –  816-691-1581
Mike Neely, Nurse – 816-691-1572
Cindy Wiklund, Social Worker – 816-691-1579
Tabatha Johanson, Chaplain –  816-691-4054


Palliative care team members are available at the hospital Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. There is a chaplain on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Services are provided throughout the hospital.